Vickerman & Cambidge win Varsity Cup clash

Former Australia lock Dan Vickerman captained Cambridge University to a dramatic 31-27 victory over old rivals Oxford University in the 128th Varsity Match at Twickenham Thursday.


The Light Blues were 7-5 down at half-time but Cambridge came back to score four tries as they stunned Oxford, who won last year’s edition 33-29.


Ultimately, Cambridge were worthy winners after outscoring Oxford by five tries to three with the second half producing 46 points.


Cambridge saw full-back James Richards, wing James Greenwood, fly-half Ross Broadfoot, lock Will Jones and replacement Jamie Hood all cross the Oxford line. Broadfoot also kicked three conversions.


The Dark Blues, dominant early on, opened up with a penalty try and scrum-half Nick Haydon and centre Alex Cheesman added further scores with fly-half Ross Swanson kicking a dozen points.


An error strewn first half gave a crowd of just over 30,000 little to cheer with Oxford going ahead in the 33rd minute after the Cambridge scrum disintegrated in front of their own and referee Dean Richards awarded a penalty try.


Cambridge, who spent much of the opening 40 minutes in defence, did though manage to cut the Oxford lead to just two points shortly before the break when the impressive Richards’s dynamic run set up Greenwood.


But the match was transformed after the break into a fine display of running rugby with the teams sharing five tries, four scored by Cambridge.


Victory saw Cambridge extend their Varsity Match series lead to 61-53 with 14 draws.

 

 

 

 

 

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